Matt 26:57-75

Jesus before the High Priest 57Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered.58But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to see how this would end.59Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death,60but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward61and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’ ”62The high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?”63But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”64Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, From now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”65Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy.66What is your verdict?” They answered, “He deserves death.”67Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him,68saying, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?”Peter's Denial of Jesus 69Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.”70But he denied it before all of them, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.”71When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”72Again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.”73After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.”74Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment the cock crowed.75Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.